Steaks, beer and skee ball could soon be coming to New Orleans under one roof as the City Planning Commission unanimously approved plans Tuesday (Jan. 27) for a Dave & Buster’s on Poydras Street.
The national chain has proposed constructing a six-story, mixed-use building at 1200 Poydras St. where there is currently a surface parking lot. The new facility would have retail on the ground floor, a 393-space parking garage on the next four floors, and a 40,000-square-foot Dave & Buster’s at the top.
In recommending approval of the project’s request for a conditional use permit, the planning commission staff stated in its report that “the proposed development will contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the Central Business District as a 24-hour, vibrant, mixed-use environment.”
The only hitch in the process came when a representative for Dave & Buster’s objected to two provisos dealing with security and signage.
The commission staff recommended that operators of the national chain provide a minimum of one security guard during all hours of operation and that they submit detailed plans for any exterior signage.
“All proposed signage shall be consistent with the type and size of signs in the district and subject to review and approval by the staff of the City Planning Commission,” the report stated. “Medallion type signs suspended over windows and glass panels are not permitted.”
Robert Mouton, managing partner with Locke Lord and a representative for Dave & Buster’s, asked the commission to waive both provisos. He said that they employ a full-time director of security who oversees 73 locations and requested that the commission, instead of mandating a security plan, defer to their own expertise.
Since the New Orleans location will be on the sixth floor and accessible only by elevator, loitering won’t be an issue, he said.
Mouton also objected to any limitations or changes to their sign, saying that it represents their brand and is as important to the company as the golden arches are to McDonald’s.
The planning commission kept the provisos in place.
Dave & Buster’s still needs the planning commission to approve its final development plans and requires additional approval from the Department of Public Works and the Department of Safety and Permits.
Dave & Buster’s is a restaurant and bar that features hundreds of arcade games.